Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho addressing residents at the Mvita grounds. [Photo: Hassan Joho/ facebook.com]
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has asked Likoni residents to reject President Uhuru Kenyatta during the August 8 elections, arguing that the Jubilee government has sidelined residents in the area.
Speaking during his campaign tour of the area, Joho who addressed a rally at Mshale grounds took a swipe at the President over the controversial Waitiki land.
Joho said it is a shame residents have been made to suffer in acquiring their own land.
The government asked Waitiki residents to pay Sh182,000 each for 12 years in land rates.
“A host of Mombasa leaders implored that the squatters of Waitiki land be considered for state sponsored settlement like everywhere else in Kenya. Mama Mishi, MPs Hon Abdulswamad, Hon Bedzimba amongst many others begged on behalf of our people. That the state show compassion. That the government waive the Sh180,000 that was being asked of each settler,” said Joho.
“Like then, all our cries fall on deaf ears. Like Pharoah, our pleas fell on a hardened heart. Today, the very same party seeks the vote of our people. That our people vote for them for they have brought us "development",” he added.
Joho, who urged residents to support his re-election bid, defended his development record and asked locals to give him fresh mandate to complete the projects he has initiated.
He also urged residents to vote for NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, adding that the former prime minister will turnaround the fortunes of the Coast residents who have 'got a raw deal in the previous governments’.